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Discovery Magazine 7/1/2006

How Coal Forms

According to scientists who believe in evolution, coal formed millions of years ago. Supposedly, in swamps and bogs, plants and other living things began to die and fall to the bottom of the swamp. Over many years, these organisms were buried by other dead plants and animals, and formed a substance known as peat. Eventually, we are told, due to pressure and weight on them, the decomposing plants and animals turned from peat into coal. The organisms that died and formed into coal are supposed to be millions of years old. And evolutionists teach that it took millions of years for coal to form.

We know today that it does not take millions of years for coal to form. In fact, there is nowhere on Earth where it can be proven that coal is forming slowly in swamps or bogs. We have learned that coal did not form millions of years ago. And we now know that coal can form in just a few years.

It is true that coal is made out of dead plants and animals. These organisms, however, did not fall into swamps and build up over millions of years. In fact, from what we know about coal, many of these once-living things died and were buried very quickly. For example, when we look into coal, we often find tree trunks upright going through many layers of coal. If the coal formed over millions of years, the tree trunks would have fallen and decomposed. What could have killed many plants and animals all at once, and then buried them quickly? The Flood of Noah’s day is a great way to explain much of the coal on the Earth.

Coal can be formed very quickly. In order for coal to form, dead things must be buried. Then, they must be put under very high pressure and heated. In science laboratories, scientists have proven that coal can form in only a few months. It is not necessary to have millions or even thousands of years to form coal. The Flood of Noah’s day would have buried millions of tons of plants and animals very quickly. The heat and pressure of this burial could have easily formed the huge coal beds we see today.

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